Van Travel
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Vanlife Buyers Guide

Van Travel

Step 1. Determine your use case, so you can identify your ideal travel platform.


Small/Micro Vans

  • DIY low budget workable solution for cheap components for a minivan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25VBk8AOqRQ 
  • https://www.contravans.com
    • Starting at $995 for car camper kits, $3,995 for van camper kits, and $8,995 for cargovan camper kits; price includes installation in Denver, Colorado
    • Van type: Ram ProMaster City, Ford Transit Connect, Mercedes Metris, Dodge Grand Caravan. Kits for Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona, and Nissan NV 200 all coming soon.

Promaster City    

  • Wayfarer https://wayfarervans.com (Modular)
    • Cost: $4,696 to $8,795 depending on whether you are outfitting the larger or smaller Ram van. Items also available a la cart.
    • Van type: Ram Promaster City CARGO/Tradesmen SLT or Standard or the Ram Promaster 1500 or 2500, 136” wheelbase, high-roof top.

Nissan NV
Ford Connect

MiniVans


Sienna

https://www.freewaycamperkit.com/en/

  • Nice design, but as of Oct 2019, there is no design to keep the rear seats of a minivan.

https://gtrv.com ($5,000 – $7,000)

  • Toyota Sienna 2011 and newer

Odyssey

https://www.freewaycamperkit.com/en/

  • Nice design, but as of Oct 2019, there is no design to keep the rear seats of a minivan.

Large Vans

A good resource for the “big 3” large van’s dimensions: https://sportsmobile.com/van-dimensions/


Ford Transit

Sprinter

Dodge RAM Promaster cargo van

  • Wayfarer https://wayfarervans.com
    • Cost: $4,696 to $8,795 depending on whether you are outfitting the larger or smaller Ram van. Items also available a la cart.
    • Van type: Ram Promaster 1500 or 2500, 136” wheelbase, high-roof top.
  • https://www.cascadecampers.com/faq
    • ~$7500, all included.  Has sink, fridge, stove, everything you need, minimalistic design mentality.  Bench converts to bed.

Ford Econoline


Nissan NV


Pop Top Conversions

  • https://www.coloradocampervan.com/pop-top-info
    • ($10,000-$15,000)
  • https://gtrv.com ($5,000 – $7,000)
    • Toyota Sienna 2011 and newer
    • Nissan NV 200
    • Mercedes Metris
    • Mercedes  Sprinter 144”, 170”
    • Ford Transit 130”, 148”
    • Chevy/GMC Express/Savannah 135”, 155”
    • Dodge Promaster 136”, 159”
    • Nissan NV Cargo 146”

High Top Conversion


Accessories


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